The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Power

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There is only one earth, if we do not treat it with the respect it deserves today it could be gone tomorrow. With all of the environmentally unsafe things that we do major changes need to take place to make sure that does not happen. Air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution all take place on a day to day basis. One major substance the vast majority of the planet uses today, fossil fuels. The burning of these fuels, such as coal or oil, gives us the power to be the productive people we are today but it is having a lasting effect on our own mother earth. There are many solutions bouncing around in the heads of many today, solar power, hydro power, and windmills. Those solutions, ...view middle of the document...

S. global warming emissions for at least two decades.” The UCS does not stick to looking out for everyone’s wallets, they are also concerned with the well being of the public. After the attack on the World Trade centers everyone has been wary of more attacks. The UCS also worries about this, “A nuclear fuel of paramount concern is plutonium, witch can serve as a highly effective material for nuclear weapons.” If some one got their hands on some of this hazardous material and did make a weapon than it could affect thousands. Peter Schwartz and Spencer Reise however wrote in “Nuclear Power is the Best Way to Address Global Warming” (Swartz) that the wide scale use of nuclear power should be adopted and it would help keep people and the world “healthy”. Right now the world depends on the use of fossil fuels heavily and it is making a mark such as smog. “On top of that coal-burning power plants have fouled the air with enough heavy metals and other noxious pollutants to cause 15,000 premature deaths annually in the U.S. alone, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study.” All this pollution in the air today has the potential to kill thousands yet no one seems to care. Nuclear power on the other hand releases very little of the same compounds released in its process of extracting fuel. “Believe it or not, coal-fired plant releases 100 times more radioactive material than the equivalent nuclear reactor – right into the air, too, not into some carefully guarded storage site.” Nuclear power has the potential to be an alternate power source for the United States and, maybe, eventually the world. Both Swartz and Reise and the UCS both describe their points clearly but Swartz and Reise also incorporated the well being of the public, almost in a rebuttal of what the UCS has to say.
The UCS poses three questions right from the beginning of their article, 1. In the opinion of the UCS, why has the Nuclear power industry been unable to attract investors? 2. According to the UCS, How should spent nuclear fuel be disposed of? 3.In the author’s view, why has Global Nuclear Energy Partnership failed to solve the nuclear fuel and disposal problems? The rest of the article they describe their answers to questions that they pose. They feel that no there is no one solution to fix global warming. A large scale advancement of...

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